YQI Preview - Quantum Sounds: A Live Performance of Superconducting Instruments

Event time: 
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
YQI Seminar Room - 4th Floor See map
Event description: 

To make the end of Spencer Topel’s Residency, we will preview Quantum Sounds in YQI Seminar room before the premiere at Firehouse 12 for the Arts and Ideas Festival on June 14. A reception will follow the concert.

This event is restricted to YQI members only.


Have you ever wondered what a single electron moving through the universe sounds like?

With scientists Kyle Serniak and Luke Burkhart from the Yale Quantum Institute, sound artist and composer Spencer Topel presents the first-ever music created from the measurements of the dynamics inside superconducting quantum devices, the precursors to quantum computers.

Quantum systems performed by Spencer, Kyle, and Luke, will be played live throughout a one-hour set. Together they will explore these unique scientific devices as musical instruments in this groundbreaking musical experience. The 40-minute musical set will be preceded by a 10-minute introduction to quantum physics giving the audience the key concept to better understand the performance, and will be followed by a 10-minute discussion with the artists.